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What Assistance did the Australian Government provide to the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department (CID)?

Senator Scott Ludlam: asked the Attorney-General on 20 November 2015:

With reference to Australian Government assistance provided to the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) :

(1) Can the Attorney-General confirm that Australia, via the Australian Federal Police (AFP) , has provided the CID with equipment, as revealed in an ABC 7.30 report on 3 August 2015; if so:

(a) on what date did the assistance begin;

(b) what kind of equipment has been provided by the Australian Government to the CID; and

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Navy patrols near the artificial islands China has constructed in the South China Sea

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 20 November 2015: With reference to the United States recent indication that it will soon begin sending navy patrols near the artificial islands China has constructed in the South China Sea:

(1) Has the Department, the Minister or any other official been approached by US personnel in relation to Australian involvement in this type of mission.

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Take a seat Tony, one Trump is already too many

It's well past time the Prime Minister put a stop to Tony Abbott's extremist rhetoric, the Australian Greens said today.

"Tony Abbott's latest outburst is destructive and counterproductive, and should no longer be indulged by the Liberal Party," Australian Greens Acting Leader Scott Ludlam said today.

"Perhaps this is Mr Abbott's way of putting his name forward as Ambassador to the USA under would-be President Trump.

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West Papua

Senator DI NATALE

I ask that general business notice of motion No. 960 standing in my name for today relating to West Papua be taken as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT

Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal? Formality has been denied.

Senator DI NATALE

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT

Leave is granted for one minute.

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Government denies justice to East Timor

The government has blocked a proposed Senate vote on alleged Australian spying on Timor Leste, but the Greens have warned that the messy truth will eventually come out.

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam co-sponsored the motion with Senator Nick Xenophon, seeking to have the passport of a key witness returned so that he can give evidence in international arbitration brought by the Government of Timor Leste.

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Speech: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Lee speaks on Palestine following her attendance at an event on the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (23:33):
On 29 November it was the UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I was fortunate to join the Australian Palestinian Professionals Association, the Palestine Support Network Australia and the ambassador of the State of Palestine, His Excellency Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi, at a celebration in Sydney.

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Marking the 54th Anniverary of the raising of the Morning Star flag

The Australian Greens have moved a Senate motion marking the 54th Anniverary of the raising of the Morning Star flag - a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan Independence. 

Motion Text:

960:  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move-That the Senate-

(a) notes that 1 December 2015 marks the 54th anniversary of the raising of the Morning Star flag by the people of West Papua, a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan independence;

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